Museums Walking Tour in Coimbra, Coimbra

Coimbra is a very old city with a rich past and history. The oldest university in Europe was established here and that is why there are several museums in the city that are related to science. The scientific museums are of great importance there and display rare collections. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Coimbra.
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Museums Walking Tour in Coimbra Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour in Coimbra
Guide Location: Portugal » Coimbra (See other walking tours in Coimbra)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Physics Museum

1) Physics Museum

The Physics Museum is housed in a building known as Jesus College. This museum displays a valuable collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. These are collections of unique instruments that were used in the Office of Experimental Physics of the first university in Europe, the University of Coimbra. These instruments were used in 1772 at the inception of the university; they are rare and are considered a work of art.
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Zoological Museum

2) Zoological Museum

Zoological Museum of Coimbra boasts a very rich collection of species from many zoological groups. It was established in the 18th century by local professors. The museum's collections were used as materials studied by students. Here you will see the animals living in Portugal and their old colonies. There are also exhibitions related to botany, mineralogy and geology in this museum.
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Museum of Science

3) Museum of Science (must see)

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra (Museu da Ciência da Universidade de Coimbra) gathers the historical scientific collections of several units of the University of Coimbra. It includes the collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th century of the Physics Museum, the collections of botanics, zoology, anthropology and mineralogy of the Natural History Museum, and the collections of the Astronomical Observatory and the Geophysical Institute of the University of Coimbra.

Formerly there were several museums in the university, including a museum of physics, a museum of zoology, a museum of natural history, and a museum of mineralogy and geology, which were managed by different university departments. They merged together in 2006/2007 to form the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra. Most of these collections date back to the reform of the University promoted by the Marquis of Pombal in 1772, where the teaching of the sciences took major importance, and are lodged in the contemporary buildings of the 18th century. This constitutes the most important science collection in Portugal and one of the most important ones in Europe.

Operation hours: Saturday — Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm; Friday: 9 am - 9 pm.

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National Museum Machado de Castro

4) National Museum Machado de Castro (must see)

The National Museum Machado de Castro (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro) is an art museum in Coimbra, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It is one of the most important art museums in Portugal, and is housed in the former Palace of the Bishops. During the Middle Ages, the Palace of the Bishops was built over the Roman forum of Aeminium (Roman name of Coimbra) and nowadays its remains can be visited through the museum, under the palace turned into the Machado de Castro Museum.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Museum of Science and Technology Dr. Mario Silva

5) National Museum of Science and Technology Dr. Mario Silva (must see)

The National Museum of Science and Technology Dr. Mario Silva is housed in the parish of Almedina. This is a museum that revolves around Portuguese scientific achievements and scientists, founded by Dr. Mario Silva. The museum is now run by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The diverse collections of the museum illustrate the history of science and technology such as physics, medicine, computation and automation, graphic arts and industrial technology.
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Municipal Museum of Coimbra

6) Municipal Museum of Coimbra

The Municipal Museum of Coimbra is situated in the centre of the city, in its pedestrianized area. You can see the amazing collection of musical instruments. These instruments were collected by Doctor Louzã Henriques; they are mainly stringed instruments. You can also see an art collection that includes Portuguese paintings and sculptures. There is furniture, ceramics, silver and decorative art items on display at the Municipal Museum.

Walking Tours in Coimbra, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Coimbra

Create Your Own Walk in Coimbra

Creating your own self-guided walk in Coimbra is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Walking Tour in Coimbra

Nightlife Walking Tour in Coimbra

Coimbra is the Portuguese Oxford and its student population guarantees an energetic nightlife. The majority of bars are located around the Old Cathedral. There are always many students and professors drinking and entertaining. In the bars, you will hear late-night fado, a famous Portuguese guitar. This self-guided tour will lead you to the hottest nightspots in Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Coimbra

Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Coimbra

Coimbra has some great and unique attractions for families with kids. The most popular is Portugal dos Pequenitos, which means "Portugal for the little ones." There are beautiful gardens, beaches and museums in Coimbra that are interesting for families. Take this self-guided tour to visit family friendly attractions in Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Churches Walking Tour in Coimbra

Churches Walking Tour in Coimbra

There are many magnificent and old churches in Coimbra. The buildings of the cathedrals and churches represent the most splendid architecture of Europe: Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo. The interior of these churches are very richly ornate by the works of art: paintings of the greatest European artists, sculptures and other art. This self-guided tour will lead you to the beautiful churches and cathedrals of Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
North of Coimbra Walking Tour

North of Coimbra Walking Tour

A walk through the northern part of Coimbra offers diverse attractions such as architectural sights, a unique cafe, art gallery and a great shopping experience. You can see some old, beautiful churches and palaces. This self-guided tour will lead you to the attractions found in the north of Coimbra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The old capital of Portugal, Coimbra is a riverfront city rich in history and architecture. Home to the historic University of Coimbra, many of the local landmarks are in one way or another associated with it. To see these and other prominent sights of Coimbra, follow this orientation walk and enjoy!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Coimbra for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Coimbra has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Coimbra, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.